OnePlus has been using AMOLED displays on its handsets for a long time now; however they lack support for an always-on display (AOD). This is changing soon as the company confirmed today that it is bringing this feature to its smartphones.
The top IDEA is Always-On Display. We hear you, and our OS Product team has replied: it's on our roadmap.— OnePlus (@oneplus) March 27, 2020
The phone maker has announced on Twitter that its product team has now included AOD in its development roadmap. OnePlus notes that always-on display is one of the highly requested features by customers for quite some time now. In fact, on its IDEAS portal for user suggestions, AOD gained the highest number of votes among the ideas submitted. It has now been adopted by OnePlus and a company representative responded:
"Internally, we have started the evaluation and implementation of AOD quite some time ago. We prioritize the execution of this feature based on the research made about user habits."
The company also addressed a key issue associated with an always-on display such as battery life consumption. For instance, the company ran some tests and found that "AOD could roughly consume about 350-500 mAh of the battery, which means you might get one or two hours deducted from your daily usage".
OnePlus says "initial power consumption tests have been passed and it is now fine-tuning AOD to make sure it is perfectly optimized." The feature should likely be available for recent OnePlus devices like the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro.